|Key: ||1970 |
|Issued: ||971 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 2,842 sq.km; Population - 179,000; Capital - Apia
An Independent State, group of islands in the Pacific ocean, northeast of New
Zealand. Agriculture, fishing and tourism are main occupations.
Formerly an independent kingdom under united administration of GREAT BRITAIN (U.K.),
UNITED STATES (U.S.A.) and GERMANY, afterwards a German colony until 1914 when occupied
by New Zealand forces. In 1920 was given as a mandate territory to NEW ZEALAND
by the League of Nations. Since 1935 adopted the name of Western Samoa, and
since 1958 also Samoa I Sisifo (meaning Western Samoa in the native language).
Fully independent from January 1st, 1962.
First stamps issued in 1877. Direct UPU membership since October 1st, 1907.
Annual output about 20.
SAMOA overprinted on stamps of Germany
G.R.I. overprinted on stamps of Samoa
SAMOA. overprinted on stamps of New Zealand
WESTERN SAMOA overprinted on stamps of New Zealand
SAMOA I SISIFO
|SAMOA (WESTERN SAMOA)|
Independent Kingdom of Samoa -1899
German Colony 1900-1914
Western Samoa 1914-1962
New Zealand Occupation 1914-1920
League of Nations Mandate 1920-1952
U.N. Trust Territory 1952-1962
Independent State 1962-
|12 Pence = 1 Shilling
20 Shillings = 1 Pound
100 Phenning = 1 Mark (1900-1914)
100 Sene (Cents) = 1 Tala (Dollar) (1967)
Great Britain (u.k.)
United States (u.s.a.)